A joint statement from UFCW Local 400 & UFCW Local 27:
Through 13 weeks of negotiations, six weeks of working on an extended contract, and dozens of protests involving thousands of members, we’ve made it clear that we will not accept a second-rate contract and we will not be rushed into a bad deal. Unfortunately, Giant and Safeway still don’t get it.
The proposals currently on the table are not ones we can recommend for ratification and continue to put the pension for current retirees and all members at risk. Thanks to our hard work, these are the top two grocery chains in the region. Ahold Delhaize, the parent company of Giant Food, made more than $2 billion in profits last year. Cerberus, the private equity firm that controls Safeway’s parent company, have extracted more than $350 million in management fees and dividend payments from Safeway/Albertsons since 2013.
Over the past year, across the country we have seen it has taken months of pressure and extensions to get a fair deal with Ahold Delhaize and Albertsons and the same thing is happening here. The most recent offers from both companies fall far short of the fair deal we and our retirees deserve for the hard work we have put in every day to make these companies successful.
Our fight for a fair contract is far from over. We need to keep working at the bargaining table and keep the pressure up on both companies in the stores. We will continue to stand strong and united until we get the fair deal we deserve.
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